15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this release, Grimaud satisfies her conceptual yen by grouping a series of piano pieces that refer to water; she goes further in creating an immersive experience by including interstitial “transitions” by the composer and DJ Nitin Sawhney. The programming works well: The airy electronics of “Transition 2” sound natural after the dreamy spell cast by Takemitsu’s “Rain Tree Sketch II,” while the light-but-propulsive acoustic guitar plucking of “Transition 3” is an ideal chaser for Fauré’s “Barcarolle No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 66.” And whether she’s playing Berio or Ravel, Grimaud’s pianism is deft.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this release, Grimaud satisfies her conceptual yen by grouping a series of piano pieces that refer to water; she goes further in creating an immersive experience by including interstitial “transitions” by the composer and DJ Nitin Sawhney. The programming works well: The airy electronics of “Transition 2” sound natural after the dreamy spell cast by Takemitsu’s “Rain Tree Sketch II,” while the light-but-propulsive acoustic guitar plucking of “Transition 3” is an ideal chaser for Fauré’s “Barcarolle No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 66.” And whether she’s playing Berio or Ravel, Grimaud’s pianism is deft.

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